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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: c. Scepticism is not Impractical

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44160


The idea that scepticism must be impractical is due to confusing the merely meaningful possibilities raised by sceptical argument with recommendations for belief. Sceptical argument interpreted more helpfully is highly practical, supporting embodied confidence rather than certainty. To maintain that benefit we should not weaken the sense of ‘certainty’. Scepticism supports the development of felt rather than absolute responsibility, and greater effectiveness due to reduced conflict.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'